Religion and the individual in art: a gallery tour

Sunday 19 November, 10:1512:00, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, LondonUK satellites

Tickets: £10. Contact Wendy Earle to book a place.

In this, the first of a series of gallery tours led by Dido Powell, paintings of religious figures and events will be explored to show how artists from the Early Renaissance to the Baroque era grappled with concepts of human agency within Christianity. The tour will look at concepts of isolation and the mental and physical struggle in both a divided self, as well as images of an harmonious self. The Early Renaissance ascetic, intellectual and contemplative treatment of religious themes will be compared with that of an emotional religious experience in Baroque art, which celebrates the centrality of the self in active experience and revelation, promoting counter-reformation theology.

The tour will look at works by Masaccio, Giovanni Bellini, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio, Velazquez and others.

This tour is the first in a new series of five tours led by Dido Powell focusing on how artists reflect changing ideas of the self. For full details, visit the IoI events page.